Offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, this book tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have enabled it to survive and flourish despite division.
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The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People by Alan Brinkley
Known for its clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and affordability, Alan Brinkley's The Unfinished Nation offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, it tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have enabled it to survive and flourish despite division. This fifth edition features eight new essays and enhanced coverage of recent events and developments in the continuing American story.
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In addition to being a best selling textbook author, ALAN BRINKLEY is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and former Provost at Columbia University. He is the author of Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; and Liberalism and its Discontents. His most recent books are John F. Kennedy: The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963 and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century both published recently. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard and taught previously at MIT, Harvard, and the City University Graduate School before joining the Columbia faculty In 1991. In 1998-1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He won the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award at Harvard in 1987 and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the National Humanities Center and Oxford University Press, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the University of Torino (Italy). He was the 1998-1999 Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Meeting of Cultures~ America Before Columbus ~ Europe Looks Westward ~ The Arrival of the EnglishConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The American Population Before ColumbusAmerica in the World: The Atlantic Context of Early American History Chapter 2: Transplantations and Borderlands~ The Early Chesapeake~ Caribbean Colonization~ The Growth of New England~ The Restoration Colonies~ The Development of EmpireConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 3: Society and Culture in Provincial America~ The Colonial Population~ The Colonial Economies~ Patterns of Society~ Awakenings and EnlightenmentsConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Origins of SlaveryChapter 4: The Empire in Transition~ Loosening Ties~ The Struggle for the Continent~ The New Imperialism~ Stirrings of Revolt~ Cooperation and WarConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 5: The American Revolution~ The States United~ The War for Independence~ War and Society~ The Search for a National GovernmentConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The American RevolutionAmerica in the World: The Age of Revolutions Chapter 6: The Constitution and the New Republic~ Farming a New Government~ Adoption and Adaptation~ Federalists and Republicans~ Establishing National Sovereignty~ The Downfall of the FederalistsConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 7: The Jeffersonian Era~ The Rise of Cultural Nationalism~ Stirrings of Industrialism~ Jefferson the President~ Doubling the National Domain~ Expansion and War~ The War of 1812ConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Global Industrial Revolution Chapter 8: Varieties of American Nationalism~ Stabilizing Economic Growth~ Expanding Westward~ The "Era of Good Feelings"~ Sectionalism and Nationalism~ The Revival of OppositionConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 9: Jacksonian America~ The Rise of Mass Politics~ "Our Federal Union"~ The Removal of the Indians~ Jackson and the Bank War~ The Emergence of the Second Party System~ Politics After JacksonConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: Jacksonian DemocracyChapter 10: America's Economic Revolution~ The Changing American Population~ Transportation and Communications Revolutions~ Commerce and Industry~ Men and Women at Work~ Patterns of Society~ The Agricultural NorthConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 11: Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South~ The Cotton Economy~ Southern White Society~ The "Peculiar Institution"~ The Culture of SlaveryConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Character of SlaveryChapter 12: Antebellum Culture and Reform~ The Romantic Impulse~ Remaking Society~ The Crusade Against SlaveryConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Abolition of SlaveryChapter 13: The Impending Crisis~ Looking Westward~ Expansion and War~ The Sectional Debate~ The Crisis of the 1850s ConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 14: The Civil War~ The Secession Crisis~ The Mobilization of the North~ The Mobilization of the South~ Strategy and Diplomacy~ Campaigns and BattlesConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Causes of the Civil WarAmerica in the World: The Consolidation of NationsChapter 15: Reconstruction and the New South~ The Problems of Peacemaking~ Radical Reconstruction~ The South in Reconstruction~ The Grant Administration~ The Abandonment of Reconstruction~ The New SouthConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: ReconstructionChapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West~ The Societies of the Far West~ The Changing Western Economy~ The Romance of the West~ The Dispersal of the Tribes~ The Rise and Decline of the Western FarmerConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Frontier and the WestChapter 17: Industrial Supremacy~ Sources of Industrial Growth~ Capitalism and Its Critics~ The Ordeal of the WorkerConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 18: The Age of the City~ The New Urban Growth~ The Urban Landscape~ Strains of Urban Life~ The Rise of Mass Consumption~ Leisure in the Consumer Society~ High Culture in the Urban AgeConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: Global MigrationsChapter 19: From Stalemate to Crisis~ The Politics of Equilibrium~ The Agrarian Revolt~ The Crisis of the 1890sConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: PopulismChapter 20: The Imperial Republic~ Stirrings of Imperialism~ War with Spain~ The Republic as EmpireConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: ImperialismChapter 21: The Rise of Progressivism~ The Progressive Impulse~ Women and Reform~ The Assault on the Parties~ Sources of Progressive Reform~ Crusades for Order and ReformConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: ProgressivismChapter 22: The Battle for National Reform~ Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party~ The Troubled Succession~ Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom~ The "Big Stick": America and the World, 1901-1917ConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 23: America and the Great War~ The Road to War~ "War Without Stint"~ The Search for a New World Order~ A Society in TurmoilConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 24: The New Era~ The New Economy~ The New Culture~ A Conflict of Cultures~ Republican GovernmentConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 25: The Great Depression~ The Coming of the Depression~ The American People in Hard Times~ The Depression and American Culture~ The Ordeal of Herbert HooverConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: Causes of the Great DepressionAmerica in the World: The Global DepressionChapter 26: The New Deal~ Launching the New Deal~ The New Deal in Transition~ The New Deal in Disarray~ Limits and Legacies of the New DealConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The New DealChapter 27: The Global Crisis, 1921-1941~ The Diplomacy of the New Era~ Isolationism and Internationalism~ From Neutrality to Intervention ConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1941Chapter 28: America in a World at War~ War on Two Fronts~ The American Economy in Wartime~ Race and Gender in Wartime America~ Anxiety and Affluence in Wartime Culture~ The Defeat of the AxisConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Decision to Drop the Atomic BombChapter 29: The Cold War~ Origins of the Cold War~ The Collapse of the Peace~ America After the War~ The Korean War~ The Crusade Against SubversionConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Cold War Chapter 30: The Affluent Society~ The Economic "Miracle"~ The Explosion of Science and Technology~ People of Plenty~ The Other America~ The Rise of the Civil Rights Movement~ Eisenhower Republicanism~ Eisenhower, Dulles, and the Cold WarConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 31: The Ordeal of Liberalism~ Expanding the Liberal State~ The Battle for Racial Equality~ "Flexible Response" and the Cold War~ Vietnam~ The Traumas of 1968 ConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Vietnam CommitmentAmerica in the World: 1968 Chapter 32: The Crisis of Authority~ Youth Culture~ The Mobilization of Minorities~ The New Feminism~ Nixon, Kissinger, and the War~ Nixon, Kissinger, and the World~ Politics and Economics in the Nixon Years~ The Watergate CrisisConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: Watergate Chapter 33: From the "Age of Limits" to the Age of Reagan~ Politics and Diplomacy After Watergate~ The Rise of the New American Right~ The "Reagan Revolution"~ America and the Waning of the Cold WarConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 34: The Age of Globali zation~ The Resurgence of Partisanship~ The Economic Boom~ Science and Technology in the New Economy~ A Changing Society~ A Contested Culture~ The Perils of GlobalizationConclusionFor Further Reference
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